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Stop Smoking "Learn How to Restrain From Cigarettes"

Updated on November 10, 2015

Learn How to Restrain Cigarettes

To stop smoking and restrain from cigarettes is about a hardest thing to do. Everyone seems to think its all willpower as I thought too. I guess there's got to be some willpower to it, but not as much as you would think. What it really comes down to is changing your routine.That's the hardest part, changing. Lot of us hate change in one form or the other. If you give it a try you will either quit or at least slow way down, either way you will see a big difference in the way you feel.

If you smoked for 30 or so years as I did, you know that you cant breath very well, just taking a little walk can get you easily out of breath. Playing ball or something of the like with the kids, that's out of the question, it about kills you, you get tired easy and cant breath, panting like some old goat, does that sound about right? it did for me, if not continue to smoke and it will. I am sure you know what smoking does to you,so I will get on with it.

The first thing you have to do is want to change. Some people can quit cold turkey. but I'm not one of those people, so I had to fine a way to do it myself. I was afraid to try any pill or any smoking products for the fear that I would waste money or they wont work or I would get addicted to the product and all the side effects that some of them has.That wasn't for me.

Second changing your routine, I don't mean you have to change everything in your routine, just the smoking routine and it will be very hard at first. Plan a day to start, the best day for me was on Saturday I didn't have to work. I can stay around the house and I could be to myself, you can be more at ease at home.


Use time to help you with quitting. Take a note of how many cigarettes you smoke in a hour. Some of us can smoke 1 to 4 in a hour easy. Start out on your first day by smoking one cigarette every hour. do this for a week. (you may not be able to do this the first time but keep trying what you are doing is making a change in your routine).when you have got the first week down and your mind and body is comfortable with the routine, start week two.

Week Two:

This is basically the same as week one, instead of one cigarette a hour, have one cigarette every two hours. do this for a month. week three (3 cigarettes a hour), week four (4 cigarettes a hour) and so on.... Your probably thinking how is this going to help me to quit. The quitting part is all up to you. This is a way to help you change your smoking routine to help you quit. Look at it this way, An average person is awake for 16 hours and the average smoker smokes a cigarette about every half-hour or so throughout the day, that would give you 32 cigarettes smoked a day, that's the routine you been used to for years. If you can adjust to this routine it will take you from a pack or more a day, to four cigarettes a day. Example: 16 (hours you are up) divided by 4 (how many hours you have a cigarette) = 4 (how many cigarettes you smoke a day). Trust me, its not at all easy to do, I have done this and it worked for me, but it may or may not work for you. It will not hurt to give it a try. You got to want to change your smoking routine. Give it a try, the only thing you got to loose is a few hours without smoking.

If you smoke a pack a day for twenty days, here is what goes into your body!


As time goes on your new routine will eventually get easier. You will start to see how bad the cigarette smoke really smells and you will start to feel and breath a whole lot better and the craving slows down. Remember in the first week it don't matter how long you go without a cigarette, what matters is that you are changing your smoking routine.

Here are some tips to help you.

Keep your pack of cigarettes out of reach and out of sight.

Take baby steps, don't try to rush in how long to go without one, give your body time to adapt. I feel the worst thing you can do is quit all at once that puts your body in shock, your body is needing something and you cant feed it.

Make deals with yourself, tell yourself if I get this done or after this I will have one. keep putting it off as long as you can then when you are satisfied, reward yourself with a smoke. If you got something to look forward to it will help on the willpower. Make a game out of it

Use hard candy or anything to get your mind off of smoking.

Take a walk, look around while you take a walk , it helps clear the mind.

Get out of the routine of carrying your cigarettes with you, go somewhere leave them behind, tell yourself that you will have one when you get home.

Do anything to keep your mind occupied till you adjust to your new routine.

I hope this helps someone stop smoking, If you keep with it you can restrain yourself from cigarettes too.


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      Glenn Raymond 7 years ago from Bailey, Colorado

      This is a most excellent hub article. You have really put a lot of work into this and it shows. Thank you so much for writing something that can help a lot of people.